Course Title: Undertake site survey and analysis to inform design process

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: BUIL5922

Course Title: Undertake site survey and analysis to inform design process

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6097 - Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

Course Contact : Rosetta Di Giangregorio

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:design.tafe

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 40

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to undertake a site survey and a site analysis for residential and commercial building projects.  It includes the use of basic measuring and levelling equipment, recording and interpretation of data, and evaluation of, and compliance with relevant legislation.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAU582 Undertake site survey and analysis to inform design process


1.  Prepare to carry out a measured survey

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Relevant information and documentation is collected prior to undertaking survey.

1.2 On site OHS hazards are identified, controls implemented and appropriate documentation completed, according to workplace safety procedures.

1.3 Levelling equipment is identified and inspected for damage, wear and serviceability.


2.  Undertake a site analysis and record site and building information

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Relationship of site to adjoining properties and surrounding environment is identified and recorded to establish the context of the development.

2.2 Physical characteristics and local climate conditions of the site are noted and recorded for consideration in the design of the building.

2.3 Field sketches are produced which accurately record site and building elements in plan, elevation and section.

2.4 Field sketch data is transferable to accurate, scaled measured drawing format.

2.5 Digital images of relevant site and building elements are taken, where required, to assist in the development of accurate scaled measured drawings.


3.  Measure and record linear distances on site using basic surveying equipment

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Distances are measured accurately using basic surveying equipment.

3.2 Overall distances are accurately calculated from field data.


4.  Set up and use levelling devices to determine horizontal and vertical angles

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Basic tests on levelling devices’ accuracy/adjustment are performed to manufacturer specifications and temporary adjustments to set up levelling devices are carried out according to standard operating procedures.

4.2 Levelling devices are used to accurately determine (read) both horizontal and vertical angles.

4.3 Levelling devices are used to accurately set out horizontal angles.

4.4 Site is set out to specifications using a typical levelling device and tape.


5.  Plot contours and cut and fill

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Spot level values are used to interpolate contour lines which are plotted accurately in plan.

5.2 Cut and fill batters are calculated and accurately plotted in plan and section.


6.  Produce measured drawings and documentation

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Measured drawings are developed from site survey and site analysis data.

6.2 Measured drawings are produced to scale, accurately depicting site and building elements, and within accepted time frames and to industry standards.

6.3 Relevant documentation is completed in compliance with the Building Code of Australia (BCA.)

Learning Outcomes

This unit of competency supports the attainment of the skills and knowledge required by building designers to undertake a site survey and a site analysis for building projects within the context of relevant legislation, the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and Australian Standards.

Details of Learning Activities

To be advised

Teaching Schedule

To be advised

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

This unit of competency could be assessed in the workplace or a close simulation of the workplace environment, provided that simulated or project-based assessment techniques fully replicate design drafting workplace conditions, materials, activities, responsibilities and procedures.   Holistic or project-based assessment with other related units is recommended.

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence of the ability to:
     •  comply with organisational policies and procedures, including OHS
     •  undertake a site survey and site analysis for residential building and/or commercial building projects, in compliance with the applicable local
government authority, relevant legislation and the Building Code of Australia (BCA)
     •  Produce measured drawings and other documentation detailing site information as determined by the project brief, organisational procedures and in compliance with the applicable local government authority.

Assessment Tasks

To be advised

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

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